Interview with Phyllis Burton

What is your writing process?
I do try to write every day. I have just completed writing my third full-length novel. I do like to write short-stories as well and my book FIFTEEN BRUSHES WITH LOVE is currently on Smashwords. I write in my study which overlooks some wonderful countryside in THE SURREY HILLS in southern England. I like to think that this view gives me the inspiration I need to write a really good story.
How do you approach cover design?
My first book A PASSING STORM was published in 2006. I water-colour painted and designed the cover. I chose the cover of my second novel PAPER DREAMS from one of the sites on the internet which were varied and often quite pleasing. For my book FIFTEEN BRUSHES WITH LOVE here on Smashwords, I also found the cover on an internet site.
What do you read for pleasure?
My reading tastes vary considerably, although I am mostly a fan of romance (not erotica however!). I always read for pleasure - Jane Austen's books have always fascinated me.
When did you first start writing?
I used to love writing little stories at school, but when I got married, I started writing for my children, and their enthusiasm spurred me on to write poetry and one-act plays. After attending Creative Writing Classes, I was persuaded to write a full-length novel. But, once started, I find it difficult to stop.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have just completed my third novel - WHEN THE ICE MELTS. The small plane in which Tom Wenham is travelling crashes into the side of a mountain in Switzerland. He survives the crash, but is in a coma for over a year, and once the specialists decide that there is no brain-stem function, a decision has to be made to switch off the machine that is keeping him alive. His wife Sarah has to give permission for the machine to be turned off.
Sarah's life changes completely and she cannot forgive herself for killing her husband. When a decision is made to employ another solicitor (John Bradley) to take Tom's place, Sarah has difficulty in working with him or even liking him. The rest of the story tells of her gradual acceptance of John in her life and between them they weather a storm of enormous proportions to find true love and happiness.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing down my thoughts and those of my characters. I enjoy putting them into complex situations, because without conflict, there is no story. I then of course enjoy working out how to rescue them from adversity.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Although I enjoy writing, my greatest hope is, that my readers will want to turn over to the next page, to find out what happens.
Describe your desk
My writing desk is always a little untidy, and is dominated by my desktop computer. I do not like using a lap-top. My desk is in front of a window, from which I have a superb view of the surrounding countryside. At any given time of the day, or indeed the year, I can watch the passing of the seasons. Now it is springtime and I'm waiting for the trees just outside the window, to break out in leaf and blossom. I can see the bird feeder too, and I am thrilled to watch the acrobatic ability of birds, and the odd squirrel as they come to feed. All this gives me the inspiration to write.
What are you working on next?
Having just finished writing my third novel, I have already started on my next one. I wrote a short story entitled EVIDENCE FOR BURNING. A writer friend liked it so much that he suggested that I wrote a novel about the village portrayed in this story. And so, LITTLE PIDDLEWICK was born. It will be crammed full of English village characters, their stories and antics. I am looking forward to writing it.
Published 2015-04-11.
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